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  1. Confucian Qi gong

    Over the last few days I've been pondering and meditating on the 'investigation of things' from the Daxue. What struck me was the sheer depth of such a short statement. As I suggested earlier, the investigation of things is the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Without this investigation, self-cultivation is not possible as we read further down on the passage posted by ZYD : ''From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides." Investigating of things, then behaving appropriately after acquiring knowledge through this investigation, is self-cultivation. From my so far limited understanding, this process is repeated constantly, refining the self and eventually becoming a person of illustrious virtue. I believe I may have found myself a worthwhile life-path of study, practice and meditation. Thanks to everybody involved in contributing to this thread.
  2. Osho was about as materialistic as any 'guru figure' ever. Have you even read about his lifestyle ?
  3. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you. What I find very appealing about cultivating the Confucian Dao, is the emphasis on behaviour, conduct, morality and humaneness. Traits that seem to be sadly lacking in the general populace these days.
  4. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you.
  5. Confucian Qi gong

    This thread has so much good information and is fascinating. I am particularly interested in this statement from the Daxue as posted above : Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things. This 'investigation of things' seems to be the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Is 'the investigation of things' a deep contemplative/meditative focus on life, society, people, nature, the way the stars move at night etc ?
  6. Book Sale

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  7. That's comforting to know CT. Sometimes I feel VERY alone, even in the midst of family and friends.
  8. I'm finding that compassion is a very difficult quality for me to develop personally. The use of the mani mantra in both formal meditation, and throughout my day has helped a great deal. I feel that part of me is softening somewhat. I know there's a long way to go, but with the right intent and daily practice, I can change myself.
  9. Very nice post CT, and all the best for the new year.
  10. 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao

    http://thetaobums.com/topic/14756-365-tao/
  11. Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Qi Gong cd_dvd

    $295 for a CD !!!??? That's outrageous.
  12. Let go of your negative emotions

    Nice post Gerard. To add a standing component to any martial art, will accelerate progress immensely. ZZ really is the key for superior health, strength and power in the internal arts. I've practiced standing for a few years now and feel it will be invaluable to my new practice of tai chi.
  13. First Tai Chi Lesson

    I didn't even ask what style it was. To be honest, I'm not too bothered at the minute. I'm just going to enjoy my learning as much as possible and maybe ask more questions at a later date. Because we didn't learn any form work whatsoever, his style would be difficult to make out. Judging by the width and length of his stance when showing us movement, I'd have a guess at saying Yang style.
  14. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thank you for the good wishes Steve.
  15. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thank you soaring crane, I intend to !